Am I Suitable for Syngenit Surgical?

SyngenitTM Surgical is a surgical procedure for the treatment of isolated articular cartilage damage in an otherwise healthy joint.


The technology has been in use for many years.


To fully benefit from this procedure, patients should ideally conform to the selection criteria, which your surgeon will be happy to discuss with you.


The extensive UK clinical experience has set the following patient guidlines.

(In other countries, clinicians may choose to recommend their own patient selection criteria)


Evidence would suggest decreasing satisfaction and success with older patients, smokers, those with a BMI above 35 and multiple previous interventions. This includes: microfracture, debridement and previously implanted materials. Your surgeon can discuss how you could increase your eligibility and improve your likely surgical outcome e.g. by stopping smoking or lowering your BMI.

MRI Example of a Suitable Cartilage Defect of the Knee

- MRI example of a patient with a knee cartilage defect.


- This patient met the protocol criteria and underwent a syngenit surgical procedure.


- The cartilage defect is highlighted by the circle and in this instance measured approximately 22mm in diameter.


- A cartilage defect of this size should be treated with syngenit surgical. 

Before The Procedure

Q1: What should I do (or not do) before my surgery?

A1: At your last clinic appointment you will have been given instructions on what to do.


Q2: What should I do (or not do) on the day of the surgery?

A2: It is important not to eat or drink after the deadline advised by the clinician.

After The Procedure

Q1: How long will I be required to stay in the hospital?

A1: You are likely to have an overnight stay. In some cases, you may be discharged on the same day.


Q2: How much pain will I be in after surgery?

 A2: You are likely to experience some pain/discomfort which will usually be well controlled with pain killers.

Post Surgery Life

Q1: How long will my physiotherapy last for?

A1: You will be encouraged to follow the rehabilitation programme, this can typically be 3-6 months.


Q2: Can I get back to active sport/tasks or will I have limitations?

A2: Your physiotherapist will work with you to get you back to an active life as soon as possible.

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